Hodor’s sacrifice to allow Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) and Mira Reed (Ellie Kendrick) to escape is definitely one of the most memorable d*aths in Season 6, if not the entire series. In another Reddit post about the loudest d*aths, you / madbeachrn mentioned Shirin Baratheon (Kerry Ingram) and Hodor due to their innocence. Indeed, even the native of Northern Ireland, Nairn “sniffed a little, [himself]”when he learned about the fate of his character (according to Hollywood Reporter).
Hodor’s d*ath was also marked by the discovery that it was Bran who affected his mental abilities and made him only able to say one word – Hodor – which turned out to be a mixture of three words in one command: door. This order stayed with people long after Season 6, Episode 5 aired.
In an interview with HuffPostNairn spoke a bit about the fan reaction he faced after Season 6. While some people have held the door for Nairn, the actor and professional DJ explained that it’s often the other way around: “Most of the time they want me to hold the door for them,” he said. “I never expected the kind of reaction I got. Every day I get emotions from people. They are still crying. It feels like it just happened the other day!” In addition, Nairn also commented hodor door stops which went on sale after that impressive episode. “Where’s my commission? [Laughs] No, I’m just kidding. It’s usually very flattering,” he joked.
If Nairn had to describe Hodor’s sacrifice, it would be “heroic”. Despite his fear, Hodor did not budge until the two children were safe. In poetic words of actors Hollywood Reporter“Not all heroes hold weapons. Some hold doors.”
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